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officers for her own perfidious schemes. They unhesitatingly denounce
Nazi propaganda designed to create mistrust between Allies, About the
same time a Note was sent to the Soviet Ambassador accredited to the
Polish Government,, asking once again for information which would help
to elucidate the fate of the missing officers.
c< The Polish Government and people look to the future. They appeal
in the name of the solidarity of the United Nations and elementary humanity
for the release from the U.S.S.R. of the thousands of families of Polish
armed forces engaged in the fight, or preparing in Great Britain and the
Middle East to take their part in the fight—tens of thousands of Polish
orphans and children, for the education of whom they would take full
responsibility, and who now, in view of the German mass slaughter, are
particularly precious to the Polish people.
" The Polish Army in waging the war against Germany will also require
for reinforcement all able-bodied Poles, who are now on Soviet soil, and
the Polish Government appeal for their release. They reserve their right
to plead the cause of all these persons to the world. In conclusion, the
Polish Government ask for the continuation of relief welfare for the mass
of Polish citizens who will remain in the U.S.S.R,
" In defending the integrity of the Polish Republic which accepted the
war with the Third Reich, the Polish Government never claimed and do
not claim, in accordance with their statement of February 25, 1943, any
Soviet territories.
" It is and will be the duty of every PoHsh Government to defend the
rights of Poland and of Polish citizens. The principles for which the
United Nations are fighting and also the making of all efforts for strengthen-
ing their solidarity in this struggle against the common enemy, will remain
the unchanging basis of the policy of the Polish Government."
On April 29, the Polish Ambassador, Romer (accompanied to the
station by the British and Turkish Ambassadors) left Moscow for Kuiby-
shev and Persia. There was the deepest despair among those Poles who
had to remain in the Soviet Union, teowing there was no help for them,
knowing they must perish. Yet some of them, when saying farewell to
the departing Ambassador, sent the last message, " equal to those once
given by the Spartans at Thermopylae." " Let our brethren in Great
Britain know that, if it is necessary to sacrifice us for the sake of our
country, we are willing to make this sacrifice."
On May 4, when Ambassador Romer left the Soviet Union, Premier
Sikorski gave a broadcast account of the situation to Poland on the same
day, stressing the Polish achievements in the relentless struggle against
the German invader.
ce Even the revelations " Sikorski said " concerning the sinister tragedy
of our colleagues at Smolensk, have failed to alter the implacable stand of
the nation . . . All persecution has failed to break the Poles so far . . » The
nation has suffered up to fifteen per cent, casualties in this war. Those
suffered by the Polish armed forces in foreign countries no less. It will
suffice if I say that we have lost in pilots and air crews more than one
thousand two hundred airmen ...
*c It is not without importance for the outcome of this war how a papula-
tion of more than thirty million, even without tanks and planes, will behave
in the rear of the enemy, engaged in hard battle in the East,